The end of the summer means return to work and your dog can affect return to the routine and stay home alone. With these tips you will stop seeing it as something negative.
September arrives and we return with the routine, which means returning to work and leaving our dog alone at home for a few hours. If you want to make this situation as enjoyable as possible for him, follow these tips.
Separation anxiety occurs when dogs become anxious during the absence of their owner. This problem can manifest itself in many ways, from barking, biting or having your needs indoors. It is not something fun, neither for the owner nor for the pet, and it is a behavior that must be treated to prevent the puppy from entering a state of anxiety every time the owner leaves home. Dealing with this situation will help make the animal happier and happier.
There are a lot of reasons why a dog may develop separation anxiety: a change in their life, the loss of a family member … For example, if on vacation you have taken them everywhere with you and now you have to stay You may only develop this behavior.
Ending separation anxiety can be difficult. You have to be very patient, because we can find furniture and moldings bitten, books destroyed … We must continue with determination until the situation normalizes and not go from the beginning by drastic paths such as locking it in a cage, have him take medications … These methods can be very positive:
Your dog is not punishing you
Many people do not recognize separation anxiety and tend to think their dog ‘punishes’ them for leaving the house. This is not the case. Put yourself in your place, if every time your best friend leaves home and you enter into a total panic and then when he comes he yells, how would you feel? Try not to get angry, it will be more beneficial for both of you if you have patience and show affection.
Do not say “good bye”
Dogs do not have to say goodbye, it’s a human thing. If you set up a scene every time you leave, you’ll get their attention and start worrying because they know something is going to happen. Try not to fuse kisses and hugs before your departure and act as normal and natural as possible.
Do not make a great scene every time you arrive
For the same reason as saying goodbye, we need to mount a scene on your return. This will reinforce your dog’s belief that your walk was a cause for concern . Work the 10 minute rule. When you return, ignore it for 10 minutes. Cheer up and calmly enter the house. After that time you can get rid of kisses and hugs.
Varies your routine
For many dogs, their separation anxiety is in sync with their masters’ habits and routines, so it can become a nightmare well in advance. “Oh, no, he puts on his coat! It’s going to go … “If you break with the routine you can destroy that anticipation of the dog and stop the anxiety a little. Some that you do at the time of leaving is impossible not to do them, but for example, you can try one day to put on your coat and not leave the house, or take the keys to the door and go to another room. In this way the triggers of anxiety are broken, because they do not always mean that you leave the house.
Give him a good reason to stay alone
This is the key. You have to find something that motivates your dog a lot: like a toy or food. Leaving the dog with something that drives you crazy will help divert your attention from your way out of the house. It can be food, a stuffed toy with prizes or a stuffed animal. Show him and play with him for a while. Then hide the toy and ask him to look for it, so you will be entertained for a while and you will not notice your departure. In addition, this game tires you mentally so you may want to take a nap afterwards. To see your progress you can record it on video.
If you are going to use this technique you have to take into account some factors:
- You have to find your reward only when you are gone, if you do it before, it has no effect.
- If what motivates your dog the most you can not leave it without supervision, do not do it and look for something else to give.
Practice when you have time
One good thing about the problem of separation anxiety is that you have the ability to control the stimulus, which is to leave you alone, so practice when you have time. Leave him locked in a room with a treat and when you finish it you open it. Thus you will see that being alone does not mean an anxiety situation. Increase the time before opening progressively.
Knock it out!
A tired dog has less mental energy for worries. If you let your dog rest at home you can stop his anxiety. So yeah, maybe you get up early and get a good session of games and tricks in the park. You will learn new commands and leave you mentally exhausted.
Talk to your veterinarian
Especially if it is an extreme case, it is necessary to talk to the vet. Sure you have good advice to give you so do not be afraid of what you are trying to remedy and ask for your opinion as an expert.
It can be tough but it’s worth it. After all the work you can leave the house with confidence. Separation anxiety is not something to be impossible. You just need the right attitude, a lot of patience and a lot of determination.
Remember that you should not leave your pet alone all day. You also need to spend time with yourself to be happy.
Via : The Spoiled Dog